Free online coding classes now available for all ages, skill-levels, and kids with autism is a free online learning platform started by Salma Mohideen and I, two juniors at Claremont High School who wanted to be able to offer the opportunity for children to learn an incredibly useful life skill: coding. We came up with the idea to help kids who were feeling bored at home during the ongoing pandemic and the resulting stay-at-home order . Easy Code aims to provide an opportunity for kids to learn coding for free from the comfort of their own homes.

On the Easy Code website, students who are interested in signing up for coding classes have the opportunity to sign up for an introductory course to coding. At the moment, Easy Code has two upcoming courses. The first option is “Coding for Teens” which will take place on Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22. The class will be every day from 10 am-11 am and it will be taught through Zoom. Through this course, students ages eight and up will be able to learn the basic principles behind computer science and object-oriented programming. This course will also teach students the coding language, Python, which is an introductory text-based coding language. The second option is a special course for children with autism, “Intro to Code for Autistic.” It will be offered from Monday, May 25 through Friday, May 29 from 10 am-11 am. Through this course, students will also learn the basic principles of computer science, and object-oriented languages by using the online programming platform, Scratch.

Both of these courses cater to children who have little to no background in coding. It is a program that can give kids the opportunity to discover a new passion.

“I really wanted to create a platform to teach kids coding for free because it can be easily learned from home and it is a great life skill,” Mohideen said.

Currently, the Easy Code team is reaching out to the public through the use of flyers and social media. Easy Code is also looking to recruit more students to take the course and other members of the community to help out with the cause. If you want to learn to code or if you know anyone that might be interested, visit the website and sign-up for free!

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